Read the title. Now read it again. Now mull it over.
I mean exactly what it says. Without a doubt in my mind, Horde has gotten steadily worse at PvP since the release of The Burning Crusade. Call it a misconception, call it what you will, but I have noticed, in my somewhat broad experience, that the ability of the Horde to actually play a battleground correctly has falled at a very steady rate since TBC went to retail.
I haven’t mentioned this before, because I thought it was a fluke. Maybe I was just accidentally in a battleground full of idiots. If this is the case… then I have accidentally been in a battleground full of idiots for 7 months.
Maybe it’s just the hard core battleground player in me speaking, but seriously… any Horde player who cannot write a one thousand word essay on the pro’s of holding lumber mill at all costs doesn’t deserve to be in Arathi Basin.
And before, it seems to me that people knew this. Horde knew the value of LM, would cap it and hold it. I cannot recall a single loss in Arathi Basin where it was not due to Alliance holding lumber mill, and the offensive mobility it gave them, that the horde defense was hopeless to stave off.
Dunno about you guys, but losing battlegrounds pre-70, for me, was a very rare occurence that could easily be considered once a month occurrences. I know it sounds extreme, but it really was. Losses were extremely few and extremely far between. You know those horror stories you hear about the endless ganking in the 59 bracket? Yeah, it was horde doing that ganking. Over, and over again. Or about that godly Tauren Warrior in the 49 bracket? The unstoppable juggernaut of Mortal Striking pain? My good buddy Nismofreak. Or maybe that ridiculously overpowered mage at level 69 who went around dominating everyone with Fireball, because there wasn’t any resilience around? That was me.
So, I hope you can understand, how when I turned 70, I was shocked and appalled to lose not one, not two, but FOUR Arathi Basins IN THE SAME DAY. It was mind boggling. I couldn’t understand it.
Following instinct ingrained on me since level 26, I rushed straight at lumber mill, and was stunned to find myself alone. I was very quickly dispatched, and while waiting to rez, saw that me fellow hordies had gone to… mine. The mine. They ignored Lumber Mill, the best node on the map, and went for Mine, the worst node on the map. At least they took farm, then blacksmith properly. Needless to say, Alliance capped lumber mill, and was freely attacking both blacksmith and farm for the rest of the game. Well, not the rest of the game. Until horde lost those two nodes because idiots were trying to cap stables.
And I have seen this exact pattern repeated over and over again. I need to stress this. OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
With the exception of two losses, Horde was annihilated because they failed to take lumber mill, and simply let Alliance have it. I’ve seen it enough times to have it memorized:
The game starts.
Horde splits into two groups running past farm. A hefty amount go to Blacksmith, some go to Mines, and one or two poor fellows go to Lumber Mill, get slaughtered, and wonder where the rest of the Horde are.
The people who go mine cap it, then make endless failed attempts to cap stables.
The people who went Blacksmith also attempt to rush Stables.
A very large horde force arrives at Stables, fails to cap it, and ends up rezzing back at either mines or blacksmith again. If they rezzed at mine, they attack Stables again. And fail. Again. And so on.
The Blacksmith rezzers then spend the rest of the game trying to fend off both farm and blacksmith from the endless lumber mill based alliance attacks. Whic, of course, they eventually fail to do.
And then we lose, often to a four cap, just barely holding on to either mine or farm.
This is all because the Horde have forgotten how to play Arathi Basin. It seems by battlegroup is made up of endless streams of idiots who honestly think that “zerg stabs” is a sound strategy. These are also the people who inevitably type out “u ppl suck” when the defenders at farm (all two of them) get swept away by a zerg from lumber mill. Which could have easily been prevented if the defenders at blacksmith had joined in. Which, of course, is impossible, because those defenders don’t exist, being too pre-occupied with trying to cap stables.
And, oddly, its only gotten worse. When I first hit 70, the battlegrounds I was in were still victorious the vast majority of the time.
Then…. they weren’t. By about November, I was seeing the ‘Horde Wins’ thing about half the time. In late December, Horde was winning about 1 in 4 battlegrounds. Now here I am, starting up February, and I win about 1 in 20 battlegrounds. I haven’t been in a winning battleground since January 27th.
Its Arathi Basin weekend this weekend. Or, it was. As I write this, I have yet to win an AB.
Hold on, lemme go do another….
Got 5-capped by Ysera. Horde zerg went to mines. Capped mines. Got pinned in mines. Got slaughtered in mines.
Lets do one more!
Got 5-capped by a PICK UP GROUP. Me and a hunter from Black Dragonflight went to lumber mill. We killed all 5 alliance there. Capped it. Held it for a good 3 minutes before 12 alliance came crashing down on us. Guess where the rest of the Horde went? Beats me, when I looked at the minimap, there were 12 horde waiting to respawn in the starting area.
Oh, well, better luck next year. Hopefully Horde will remember how to PvP by the time WotLK hits stores everywhere.
Now taking bets on how many Arathi Basins I lose in a row before I get a win.
So far up to 37… 38*